Quickies – A.D.K.O.B, New Oxford & The Rider

There’s everything to love about a good Quickie. No guilt, no walk of shame, no emotional attachments: just a short review of some freshly minted audio. Here are some words on recent tracks by Sydney bands A.D.K.O.B, New Oxford and The Rider.

A.D.K.O.B – Crumble

Mark Piccles is one of the dudes in indie folk trio Tin Sparrow, and has his own inexplicably named solo project, A Different Kind of Busy. His 2nd single, Crumble is a kind of hybrid of disco and roots, that while grounded in grooves, has a markedly organic sound that gives distinction from it’s contemporaries. Harmonious falsetto, a myriad of delicate guitar offerings and some seriously proficient drum work make Crumble a tangy first offering from A.D.K.O.B’s Debut EP, due for release early in 2015.

New Oxford – Lockup Garage

Every time god opens a door, he closes a window, or something like that. Following the disbandment of short-lived-but-much-loved Sydney band Revier, New Oxford rose from the ashes. With a darker indie rock sound and a change of vocalist, this incarnation is the beginning of a new chapter for these five guys. Their debut single Lockup Garage is a veritable Witches Brew of homages to contemporary alternative rock artists, most prominent of them being a definite nod to The National. Emerson Noble’s dulcet tones and lyrical proficiency are the driving force of the song, offering a dynamic lead performance and image for the band. Keeping in mind that Lockup Garage is just a debut single, if this standard of work can be maintained and, in time, exceeded, then the future looks pretty damn bright for New Oxford.

The Rider – The Eye of the Beholder

So, here I’m going to review the B-side of a release called ‘Songs From Side A’. Got it? Okay cool really great. Three dudes in Sydney make some pretty gosh-darn special music together, under the near-ungoogleable name The Rider. Complimenting the gently psychedelic folksy track A Place To Go on this release is The Eye of the Beholder. Together, these two tracks speak volumes about the level of songwriting finesse and instrumental dexterity that The Rider is capable of. The Eye of The Beholder opens with a deceptively midtempo, background music-like arrangement, but fear not, for frontman Tom Hume is here to take your hand and guide you through the incrementally intensifying instrumental. Like gusts of wind from malevolent spirits that guide your vessel into the centre of a hurricane, the pre-chorus barely gives you a chance to fully take in the outstanding, climactic chorus that The Rider pull off here. Everything comes to a head in this chorus; the once laid back vocals now howl, the drums pound, the guitar strings are strummed to the point of breaking, and it is, simply put, tremendous. Throw in an instrumental breakdown and the all-necessary ‘quiet bit’, and you’ve got one hell of a track. If you only listen to song from Sydney this month, make The Eye of the Beholder that song.

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